Sequester to impact data distribution

Due to the federal sequester, the release of several datasets will be cancelled or altered.

BEAThis notice, from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) describes the impact that budget restrictions and sequestration will have on specific datasets. To summarize, the three datasets that will be most impacted are the Regional Input-Output Modeling System (RIMS) which was used to estimate economic impacts of Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon event. The dataset (RIMS II) will be eliminated, and though orders will continue to be accepted and processed through the end of the fiscal year, the dataset will not be updated in future years. The Local Area Personal Income Statistics (LAPI) dataset will also not be published. According to the BEA, this dataset “constitutes the only source for county and metropolitan area personal income statistics and are the building blocks for other regional economic statistics.” The third affected dataset is Foreign Direct Investment Analytical Products. According to the notice that was released, “the BEA will eliminate analytical activities related to the DFI and the operations of multinational companies (MNCs), which will affect some annual publications as well as occasional topical papers.” Other types of statistics that will be affected in this dataset include information on offshoring, impact of MNCs on domestic economy, and the impact of global value chains for measuring economic activity.

In terms of Census data, CensusBureauthe Census Bureau has released a notice stating that the 2010 Census Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files, which were originally scheduled for release from March through June 2013, have been delayed and will most likely be cancelled.

Similar information can be found by using the American Community Survey PUMS files which are very similar to the 2010 Census PUMS files.

Census Bureau Briefs and Special Reports, September 2012

In the past weeks, the U.S. Census Bureau has produced several new reports based upon their continuing analysis of 2010 Decennial Census data in conjunction with other ongoing research and assessments they make of the American population and our lives. These reports, summarized below, cover a broad range of both the knowledge Census data makes possible and of the work of the Bureau.

    The residential populations of the downtown centers of many of the country’s largest cities have grown at rates of ten percent or more, between 2000 and 2010. The Census Bureau arrived at this finding by considering the population living within two miles of the city hall, in relation to the overall population of the metropolitan region. This and other new analysis have been made available in the new special report, Patterns of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Population Change: 2000 to 2010.

    • Among micropolitan statistical areas across the country, the Torrington Connecticut micropolitan statistical area held the second highest population, with 189,927 people in 2010. And in comparison to such micropolitan areas, Torrington also had the second highest percentage of people between ages 45 through 54, at 18.2 percent.

      In The Emergency and Transitional Shelter Population: 2010, a 2010 Census Special Report, the numbers tabulated refer only to the population counted at emergency and transition shelters with overnight facilities and only at the time of the Decennial Census enumeration. The emergency and transitional shelter population was counted in conjunction with counts at soup kitchens, mobile food vans, and other non-shelter outdoor locations as part of Census Bureau’s Service-Based Enumeration Operation. The total of these data, however, do not represent an accurate count of the country’s entire homeless population.

      • For the State of Connecticut, there were 2,244 people living in emergency and transitional shelters in 2010, of which more than two-thirds were male and nearly 18 percent were children under 18 years old.

        The Census Bureau began giving the option for people to identify as belonging to more than one race in the 2000 Decennial Census. Out of the 2010 Census, therefore, has come the first comparative analysis of racial identity that includes multiple-race categories. One of the most striking findings examined in this brief, The Two or More Races Population: 2010, is that the population of people of two or more races grew significantly faster than the single race population, at rates of more than 50 percent in some geographies (compared to 9.7 percent overall U.S. population growth).

        • Between 2000 and 2010, the population of two or more races in Connecticut increased 23.8 percent, from 74,848 people in 2000 to 92,676 in 2010. But this change only altered the state population composition of multiple-race residents from 2.2 percent in 2000 to 2.6 percent in 2010, which matches the multiple-race population composition for the Northeast Census region in general.

        The Census Bureau conducts an ongoing longitudinal study of income, demographics, and health insurance called the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), in order to obtain a representative sample of health and medical trends in the American population. For the newly released brief of the Household Economic Studies, Health Status, Health Insurance, and Medical Services Utilization: 2010, between approximately 50,000 and 65,000 respondents were interviewed regularly between 2001 and 2010. The survey collected a combination of quantitative economic, medical and demographic statistics along with self-reported evaluations of health status. Among the survey’s findings, the Census Bureau reports that the frequency of doctor visits per year has declined across the entire population throughout the study period, regardless of insurance coverage or health status.

        Each year, the Census Bureau aggregates the data on financial status of state and local governments in the Annual Surveys of State & Local Government Finance. The 2010 data have recently been released, and are summarized in the report State and Local Government Finances Summary: 2010. The statistics enclosed cover both revenues and expenditures, debts and assets. For revenue, state and local governments overall saw a large increase of 51 percent from 2009 to 2010. In expenditures, education continued to be the largest overall expense across governments, as illustrated in the Census Bureau’s map below.

          U.S. Census Bureau API now available

          The U.S. Census Bureau has released an Application Programming Interface (API) to enable developers to create applications for the web and mobile platforms to enable users to explore census data via customized interfaces. The API enables developers to access the 2010 Census (Summary File 1) and the 2006-2010 American Community Survey (ACS) 5 Year Estimates allowing users to view data on population, age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, households, education, income, employment, commuting, occupations, housing, and more.

          The U.S. Census Bureau has developed an “App Gallery” which will feature applications developed using the API. Currently there are two examples in the App Gallery that provide examples of the potential for using the Census API. These applications include:

          • Age-Finder – enables users to count population for single years or for a range of customized age ranges. 
          • Poverty Map – provides poverty statistics from the American Community Survey for New York state and includes an visualization of margin of error and more.

          Want to explore the Census API and develop your own application? Developers can access the Census Bureau API at:  Have an idea for an application using the API? Share your ideas through the Census Bureau’s Developers Forum.

          Try out the Census Bureau API and if you create something be sure to share it with the U.S. Census Bureau. Enjoy!

          New Version of U.S. Census Bureau’s OnTheMap for Emergency Management Web Application

          New Version of OnTheMap for Emergency Management Web Application

          New features in the U.S. Census Bureau’s OnTheMap application improve access to workforce and demographic statistics for emergency preparedness, response and recovery activities. The application automatically incorporates real-time data updates from the National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center, Department of Interior, Department of Agriculture, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

          New features include:

          • New emergency event data: Addition of FEMA disaster declaration areas and National Weather Service snowfall probability forecasts
          • More complete hurricane archives: Capture and archiving of all daily National Hurricane Center storm updates
          • Expanded report content: Addition of 2010 Census demographic and housing characteristics, and 2010 jobs and worker statistics
          • New analyses and visualizations: New reports with charting and thematic map overlays showing population and worker origin and destination distributions
          • New interoperability: New tool for exporting event areas to use in OnTheMap or other GIS applications
          • Updated interface and help documentation: Improved user interface speed and navigability, improved event searching, newly updated help documentation
          View this new version of the OnTheMap for Emergency Management Web Application at:

          Demographic Resources from Cornell University

          The Cornell University Program on Applied Demographics (PAD) website possesses some great Census related resources. The first is a margin of error calculator for American Community Survey data which was created based on this U.S. Census Bureau document. The calculator allows you to enter values and operations in order to compute new margins of errors or test for significance of the difference between values.

          Second, if you are looking for maps of current demographic data for the state of New York, then this site’s Census 2010 Atlas will be especially helpful. It has an easy to use index that allows users to choose what map to display. Once the map is displayed you can easily download a professionally prepared map in the form of a JPEG file.


          The PAD website also has additional resources including white papers, presentations and more.

          2010 Guide to State and Local Census Geography

          Ever wanted to know what the historical center for population in a state based on decennial census data? Check out the 2010 Guide to State and Local Census Geography includes a quick summary of 2010 Census data based on geography. Check out these reports at:

          Below is a quick example of some of the data available for Connecticut


          Year North Latitude West Longitude
          20106 41° 29′ 49″ 72° 52′ 13″
          20006 41° 29′ 41″ 72° 52′ 28″
          19905 41° 29′ 49″ 72° 52′ 10″
          19804 41° 29′ 26″ 72° 52′ 34″
          19703 41° 29′ 17″ 72° 52′ 38″
          19603 41° 32′ 11″ 72° 53′ 00″
          19503 41° 30′ 33″ 72° 52′ 57″
          19402 41° 32′ 12″ 72° 53′ 29″
          19302 41° 32′ 11″ 72° 53′ 22″
          19201 41° 30′ 08″ 72° 51′ 47″
          19101 41° 30′ 54″ 72° 50′ 20″
          19001 41° 31′ 23″ 72° 49′ 06″
          18901 41° 31′ 41″ 72° 48′ 00″
          18801 41° 32′ 49″ 72° 46′ 21″
          1  Source:  U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1923
          2  Source:  U.S. Census Bureau, recomputation for historical county level data which relied upon aggregate county level population data with an estimated county centroid resulting in a possible error of up to one mile.
          3  Source:  U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Centers of Population for States and Counties, 1974
          4  Source:  U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division, recomputation from archived national block group/enumeration area data resulting in a possible error of up to 1,000 feet.
          5  Source:  U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division, recomputation from archived national block group data resulting in a possible error of up to 1,000 feet.
          6  Source:  U.S. Census Bureau, computation from national block-level data

          6/27/2011 – Webinar on the New American FactFinder

          The U.S. Census Bureau will hold a webinar on the new data delivery tool, American FactFinder. During this comprehensive 30-minute tutorial, an expert on the use of American FactFinder will demonstrate how to locate, access, manipulate, map and download Summary File 1 for states and other previously released 2010 Census data.

          The webinar will consist of a simultaneous audio conference and online presentation. Reporters will be able to ask questions during the audio conference once the tutorial is complete.


          Monday, June 27, 2011, 1 p.m. (EDT)


          Jackie J. Mommsen, program analyst, Requirements and Stakeholder Relations

          Branch, Decennial Systems Contract Management Office


          Audio conference — access information

          Toll free number: 888-603-9635
          Participant passcode: AFF

          Online presentation — access information

          Please login early, as some setup is required.

          URL: <>

          Conference number: PW5665280

          Audience passcode: AFF

          Census Bureau to Release 2010 Census Summary File 1 for Connecticut on Thursday June 30

          Next week, the U.S. Census Bureau will release the 2010 Census Summary File 1 for Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Nebraska and North Carolina. During June through August, the Census Bureau will provide statistics for states each week on a flow basis. These Summary File 1 tables will provide the most detailed information available so far from the 2010 Census, including cross-tabulations of age, sex, households, families, relationship to householder, characteristics of owners and renters, detailed race and Hispanic or Latino origin groups, and group quarters.

          The Summary File will be available for each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The information will be available for a variety of geographic areas, with most tables available down to the block or census tract level.


          The Summary File 1 for these states will be available on an embargoed basis for accredited media who are registered for access on Tuesday, June 28 at 10 a.m. The embargo will be lifted and the information released publicly on Thursday, June 30 at 12:01 a.m.

          To apply for embargo access, go to our Newsroom at <> and click on “Embargoed Releases.” Please review the Embargo Policy carefully before submitting the embargo registration form.

          Online Press Kit:

          For more information about the release of Summary File 1, please visit <>

          New American FactFinder Workshops at Stamford and Torrington Campuses

          Are you interested in learning more about using the New American FactFinder to access data from the 2010 U.S. Census? The Connecticut State Data Center is offering a series of workshops across the state to provide users with an opportunity to learn more about the New American FactFinder in a hands-on workshop environment. Included below are the upcoming workshops, and we will be offering additional workshops at more locations soon.

          Locating Census 2010 Data using the NEW American FactFinder

          The U.S. Census Bureau introduced a NEW American FactFinder online Census data tool with enhanced searching and data display capabilities in conjunction with the release of 2010 Census data. In this workshop you will learn how to use the new American FactFinder to locate and download data – and create thematic maps – from a wide variety of population, economic, and housing information in the 2010 and 2000 decennial Censuses. From information on individual neighborhoods or zip codes, to state- or national-level data, the new American FactFinder is a powerful tool for navigating the vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. Census Bureau. The new American FactFinder will also soon replace the legacy American FactFinder as the platform for retrieving data from the American Community Survey (the ongoing Census program which produces data on educational attainment, income, occupation, marital status, and other detailed social and economic characteristics), and will also deliver data from the Economic Census. Join us to learn more about how to effectively navigate the NEW American FactFinder.

          University of Connecticut Stamford Campus

          Wednesday 07/06/11 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Stamford Campus – Computer Lab 306 12 4 Register

          Wednesday 07/06/11 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Stamford Campus – Computer Lab 306 12 2 Register

          University of Connecticut Torrington Campus

          Monday 07/11/11 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Torrington Computer Lab (Room 126) 25 4 Register

          Monday 07/11/11 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Torrington Computer Lab (Room 126) 25 2 Register

          More workshops coming soon!

          To keep current on the latest Census, Mapping, and Workshop offerings check out the Connecticut State Data Center’s website ( and follow our blog (  

          6/20/2011 – Census Bureau Webinar on the New American FactFinder

          The U.S. Census Bureau will hold a webinar on the new data delivery tool, American FactFinder. During this comprehensive 30-minute tutorial, an expert on the use of American FactFinder will demonstrate how to locate, access, manipulate, map and download Summary File 1 for states and other previously released 2010 Census data.

          The webinar will consist of a simultaneous audio conference and online presentation. Reporters will be able to ask questions during the audio conference once the tutorial is complete.

          When: June 20, 2011 at 1:00pm

          Audio conference — access information

          Toll free number: 888-982-4690
          Participant passcode: CENSUS
          Note: Stay on the line until operator asks for the passcode. Do not key in passcode.

          Online presentation — access information
          Please login early, as some setup is required.

          URL: <>
          Conference/meeting number: PW7855267
          Conference/meeting passcode: CENSUS

          If closed captioning is required:

          Full details available at: